AUSTIN (KXAN) – Approximately 6,600 Texans are being notified by Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services that their medical information was mistakenly released on the internet.
DADS said in a news release dated June 11 that they were notified April 21 that the information was on a “DADS web application meant for internal use only.”
Names, residences, mailing addresses, birth dates, Social Security and Medicaid numbers, as well as diagnoses or treatment information were among the information inadvertently released.
DADS is conducting an investigation into the data breach.
What to do if your information was part of the breach
DADS recommends individuals and families affected by the breach review credit reports and consider placing a fraud alert on their credit files. Call law enforcement if you notice any suspicious activity with your credit, medical or financial records.
The Department of Aging and Disability Services partnered with CISD to provide one year of CISD Protector services including credit monitoring and identity theft restoration. The total cost to provide the service will depend on how many people sign up, but the cost per person is $51.25, a spokesperson said.
CISD will be notifying each of the approximately 6,600 people affected by mail.
If you believe your information may have been released and do not get a letter, you can contact the privacy office at DADS (877) 379-7410 or by email at: HIPAA@dads.state.tx.us.